Florida will try to extend SEC win streak against Georgia tonight
The Gators are on a three-game SEC winning streak and coming off a buzzer-beater win over South Carolina Saturday night - the same Gamecocks who knocked off previously undefeated Kentucky Tuesday night in Columbia.
Florida entered the week fourth in the SEC East, and having already lost two conference games, the Gators realize how important winning at home the remainder of the year.
“It’s huge, especially when you see what they just did to Tennessee,’’ UF forward Chandler Parsons said. “They are capable of beating anybody And in this league, anything can happen any night. So definitely here, at our place, we’ve got to protect our home court.''
Georgia currently sits at the bottom of the SEC East, but is coming off an upset win over then-No. 8 Tennessee last week.
The Bulldogs are under the direction of new head coach Mark Fox, and UF coach Billy Donovan said they are showing signs of a team that is starting to gel under a new system.
"I’ve seen this situation before when there’s been a coaching change and there are some new players and then some returners who are adjusting to a new coach,'' Donovan said. Mark has done a great job with this Georgia team. I definitely don’t think their record is indicative of how they’ve played since the SEC season started. They’ve had some good non-conference wins – they beatGeorgia Tech and Illinois. They probably played Kentucky on the road as well as any team in our league, then obviously had a great win over Tennessee over this past weekend. They rebound the ball exceptionally well and they have tremendous size in their frontcourt with (Chris) Barnes, (Albert) Jackson, (Trey) Thompkins and (Jeremy) Price. (Travis)
Leslie on the perimeter has evolved from his freshman to sophomore year. He’s a very athletic player, they have great perimeter shooting and (Dustin) Ware is great. They have very good pieces and they’re efficient on offense. This will be a great challenge for our team.”
By the way, Florida sophomore guard Erving Walker has shot 71.4 percent from 3-point range over the past three games.